The Farmington man charged with groping girls at Disney Worldâ€™s Typhoon Lagoon water park in Florida is a youth minister at Willowbrook Christian Church in Victor.
Robert Double Jr., 51, of 1129 Suire Lane, was charged last Friday with lewd and lascivious molestation after he allegedly groped girls and pulled off their bikini tops in a wave pool at the Disney attraction, said deputies in Orange County, Fla.
Elders at Willowbrook issued a statement Wednesday saying they â€œhave been made awareâ€ of the allegations â€œinvolving a member of the church staff.â€
â€œPreliminarily, we have learned that this alleged incident did not occur during any church-sponsored trip or event, but apparently while that individual was on a personal family vacation in the state of Florida,â€ the statement said.
Church leaders declined to say more before they finish reviewing the case.
Orance County deputies wrote in a report about the alleged incident that Double crashed into a 15-year-old girl in the wave pool, pulled her bikini top to the side, fondled her and pulled down the bottom of her swimsuit. The girl told deputies she swam away from him and waited for another wave elsewhere in the pool, only to have him do the same thing a second time.
The girl and her father then notified security, who were told of a similar incident with another girl, the deputiesâ€™ report said. A deputy said he then saw â€” on security cameras â€” Double do the same to other girls.
Double was removed from the pool and charged. Deputies said he refused to speak with them and asked for an attorney, bringing their questioning to a halt.
Several Disney employees told deputies they saw Double try to grope at least five girls. Deputies said they couldnâ€™t find some of the alleged victims, while the father of one refused to talk to them.
Double was released from Orange County Jail at 1:21 a.m. Tuesday.
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